Phyllis Entis

Award-winning mystery writer and food safety microbiologist

Wake up and smell the roses, etc.


What better activity for a Sunday afternoon than to take a walk around the garden.

I hope you’ll join me for a stroll as I sample just a few of the abundant variety of trees, shrubs and flowers in our private park.


No Victoria garden would be complete without roses. It seems as though each time I look, I find yet another shrub peeking out from among its neighbouring plants.


I found this beauty surrounded by a plethora of other shrubs and flowers. I’ve not yet managed to identify its neighbours, but I intend to.


Small rose

This little one was hiding under our boundary shrubs, enjoying the dappled sunlight


Patriotic Roses

I thought this was a single rose bush, until the red flowers started to blossom. Now I have a Canadian rose bush, displaying the red and white of our flag


Japanese Maple

There are several types of Japanese Maple. Our garden boasts a pair of the lace-leaf variety.


Pure Purple

Meet my Cotinus Royal Purple shrub, trying to hide behind the hydrangea.



Can’t you imagine the Cotinus flower bedecking a lady’s hat on Opening Day at the races?



The fuschia also qualifies in this category. Can you see the purple hearts in the flowers?


A Flower of a Different Nature




I hope you will tune in to my podcast interview with Don McCauley. Our 15-minute conversation about my journey as a writer will run continuously from 12:00am to 11:59pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on Tuesday, July 30th.

To access the interview, go to The Authors Show and click on the live link next to my name.


4 thoughts on “Wake up and smell the roses, etc.

  1. Beautiful garden and WHAT AN INCREDIBLE HONOR FOR YOU!! Congratulations!! Book 5…tap tap tap!!!!!

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    • Thank you. There are three things on my to-do list this afternoon: 1. Apply topical flea prophylactic to Shalom; 2. Dead-head the roses; 3. Tap away at my keyboard on Book 5.

      I hope to get to all three!


  2. Gorgeous garden! I’m envious–and I especially love the Canadian rose bush. I’m so happy for you, Phyllis. I look forward to hearing the interview.

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    • Thanks Amy. The Canadian rose bush was a real surprise. I’m still learning what’s in the garden. Found a small gingko tree today. I’ll have to take a picture of it for a future post.


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